Reader Serena Hedison recently wrote in:
I started reading The Hairpin the first day it went live (I'm also an Awl reader) and immediately connected with the points of view of its writers and, specifically, its commenters. So when you organized a meetup last Halloween, I, against my normal solitary tendencies, decided to go, feeling that if I connected so strongly with the people whose comments I was reading, I might well actually enjoy them in real life.
And I did! I met a number of interesting, funny women, and ate all of Jolie's Halloween candy. I also struck up a conversation with a woman named Bodine Boling, with whom I discussed writing and filmmaking, and we discovered we had a mutual desire to one day make a movie.
In this conversation, she told me that she'd written a script, and I told her to send it to me, because I'm a producer and have a good eye/ear for the sense of things sometimes.
Well now, a year later, after 17 drafts of major changes and slight adjustments, she and her husband and I are in pre-production for "Movement + Location," the movie she wrote. We've partnered up with the newly launched Seed & Spark, which is like a cross between Kickstarter and a wedding registry for filmmakers, and we hope to raise much of our tiny — but to us, considerable — budget of $50,000 this way.
At any rate, as I was recounting the origins of this project, I thought of The Hairpin and the community I found there, and wondered if we might post this there, along with a link to our fundraising page.
Movement + Location is a casual science fiction drama set in modern day Brooklyn.
Kim Getty is an immigrant from 400 years in the future, sent back in time to live out an easier life. It’s a one-way trip of difficult isolation, but in the three years since she landed, Kim has built a life that feels almost satisfying. She has a full time job, shares an apartment with a roommate, and is falling in love.
But when she stumbles on a teenage girl who is also from the future, Kim’s remade sense of self is tested. After the girl leads Kim to her long-lost husband, now 20 years older than her and maladjusted to this time, Kim’s carefully designed identity begins to unravel.
Kim finds herself having to choose between two entirely different lives. But once her secrets are exposed, she realizes that the real decision is what she’s willing to do to survive.
("a life that feels almost satisfying"!)